Cultural differences between the US and Europe

The Holmes Report has an interesting insight into cultural differences between Europe and the USA. When I was more heavily involved in international PR one thing that always struck me when travelling to attend exhibitions or run press conferences was that Americans found it much more difficult to socialise and interact than Europeans.

You might have 10-20 different nationalities out for dinner or a drink and the US participants were nearly always the first to leave and struggled more to keep up with the banter and jokes, despite the fact that conversations were always in English which wasn’t the first language of most people.

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International communications consultant and PR trainer specialising in online public affairs, digital corporate communications, online PR and social media; frequent national media commentator and conference speaker.